Unveiling the Facade, 2016 © Felicity Hammond
Felicity Hammond (1988, UK) received her Master’s degree from the Royal College of Art in 2014. She has been a finalist and nominee for numerous awards including: Foam Talent, British Journal of Photography’s International Photography Award, and Saatchi New Sensations. Her work has been exhibited widely and most recently at Tate Modern in collaboration with Self Publish Be Happy, Somerset House for Photo London with The Photographer’s Gallery and Saatchi Gallery, London.
This image stands for the paradoxes that are inherent to the construction of our future world. I am drawing upon the heavily seductive images that make up a large part of our urban fabric. These images fool buyers into making a commitment to an idealised version of the city that can never be fulfilled. They also won’t keep the promises of their vision, and the city will never love them back. Using a language that has become commonplace within the narrative of urban renewal, this photographic collage adopts the pastel hues and image making methodologies used to describe the proclaimed opulence of city-living. Photographs of buildings in construction become abandoned and left to ruin, and foundations that were once signs of stability fill with water.
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